South Africa’s ANC Gives Zuma 48 Hours to Resign
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign as head of state on Monday (February 12) after an eight-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership, the SABC state broadcaster said.
Party leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s motorcade left the marathon national executive meeting and headed to the Union Buildings in central Pretoria where Zuma’s offices are located to deliver the message in person, the broadcaster said, citing sources. Zuma’s convoy was seen returning to the St. George Hotel, where the ANC meeting had been held, an hour later.
Zuma survived calls last year from within the NEC for him to quit. But analysts said there is greater support for him to step down now.
His tenure as president officially runs until mid-2019 and he has not said in public whether he will step down voluntarily.
Zuma is also facing a no-confidence motion in parliament set for February 22, but has survived several similar attempts to oust him in the past. His entire cabinet would have to step down if the motion of no-confidence against him was successful.
Since becoming president in 2009, Zuma has been dogged by scandal. He is fighting the reinstatement of 783 counts of corruption over a 30 billion-rand (now $2.5 billion) government arms deal arranged in the late 1990s when he was deputy president.